YouTube users urged not to call police to report outage, Ghost Squad Hackers

YouTube users urged not to call police to report outage, Ghost Squad Hackers

October 17, 2018 – YouTube fans were forced to go cold turkey this morning when a major outage prevented viewers from accessing the streaming site for more than an hour.




 

Many users who entered the Google-owned website at around 1:30am GMT were met with a message that said: “Sorry, something went wrong. A team of highly trained monkeys has been dispatched to deal with this situation.”

YouTube users urged not to call police to report outage, Ghost Squad Hackers

Others were able to see YouTube’s homepage but could not open any videos, The Guardian reports.

The video sharing platform is now back up and running, although the cause of the disruption has yet to be revealed.

A TEAM of hacktivists has claimed responsibility for the outage that brought YouTube down last night.

The Ghost Squad Hackers boasted of its exploits on Twitter, although it so far hasn’t provided any proof that it was behind the outage.

The breakdown in services may have alarmed some users. Police in the US state of Pennsylvania posted a tweet urging members of the public not to call the emergency services over the fault.

YouTube fans in Europe, the US and South America were left twiddling their thumbs last night after the popular video-sharing website went down for over an hour.

The Google-owned company was tight-lipped as to the causes of this outage, posting on Twitter only that it was “working on resolving” the issue.

Well, one explanation has now been been put forward: the cyber-attack group known as the Ghost Squad Hackers has claimed responsibility for YouTube’s momentary disappearance.

“Youtube downed by Ghost Squad Hackers,” it said this morning via its Twitter account.

YouTube users urged not to call police to report outage, Ghost Squad Hackers

The hacktivist group provided no further comment on what it claims to have done, and no kind of proof that its claims are true.

Still, it has a well-documented history of attacking big organizations, government agencies, the Ku Klux Klan and Islamic State, so its boast is at least credible.

In 2016, it launched a coordinated campaign against CNN and other American media outlets, working in concert with fellow hacktivists Anonymous to launch denial-of-service attacks on news websites.

In the same year, it defaced 12 Afghan government websites, and took down websites belonging to the Bank of Israel and the Israeli Prime Minister.

A woman reportedly called West Midlands Police to request help unlocking her laptop, according to the Daily Mirror.

“I’m calling because my laptop is closed, and I need the password,” she said.

Unsurprisingly, the emergency services operator gave the caller short shrift.
Predictably, when things go down, the internet freaks out. Philadelphia Police jokingly (or not?) asked that people not call emergency services because of the outage.

Predictably, when things go down, the internet freaks out. Philadelphia Police jokingly (or not?) asked that people not call emergency services because of the outage.


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http://www.theweek.co.uk/streaming/97175/youtube-users-urged-not-to-call-police-to-report-outage

https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/7514214/youtube-hack-ghost-squad-cyberattack-outage-down/